Cragg Vale – Robin Hood – KK NULL & KAWABATA MAKOTO + JAKE BLANCHARD – Sunday 7th June 2015

kknullmakotoWEBIts time for our final Cragg Vale gig at the very special location behind the Robin Hood.

Two legends of the Japanese musical underground join forces and light up an intimate space at 1000 feet above sea level in the beautiful village of Cragg Vale, up above Hebden Bridge. KK Null made his name leading the band Zeni Geva (most of their albums were produced with Steve Albini and released on Alternative Tentacles) and went on to collaborate with John Zorn, Boredoms, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, Earth, Fred Frith and many more. Kawabata Makoto should need no introduction to our regular gig goers as leader of Acid Mothers Temple. He’s also played Hebden Bridge with his noise rock band Mainliner and played solo last year.

Their debut album “Psychetronic!” has just come out on Noisoke! and captures a live show with Null on laptop and vocals with Makoto on guitar. Here’s a taste:

Support comes from local drone-weaver Jake Blanchard

It will be £10 on the door if any tickets are left. Advance tickets are £8 from our shop

PLEASE NOTE: there are two pubs called the Robin Hood in the Hebden Bridge area. If you google Robin Hood Hebden Bridge, it brings up the other one which is right on the other side of the parish boundary in Pecket Well. Don’t go there or you will miss the gig.

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Hebden Bridge – Inkfolk – ROUGH FIELDS + THE SLY AND UNSEEN – Sunday 15th March 2015

rough fields webFor our 2015 return to Inkfolk, we are doing something very mellow a night of chilled drones and ambient sounds on the cutting edge of experimental. A sort of tribute to the classic Hibernate Records shows that used to happen at the Hole In T’ Wall and the Birchcliffe Centre in 2010. Headlining we have the acclaimed Rough Fields. Described as “Astonishing music” by Gilles Peterson, “Tremendous” by Lauren Laverne, “Really rather good” by Gideon Coe, “Outstanding experimental music” by and “…the new Robert Wyatt!” Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3).

Speaking of Hibernate Records, our second act The Sly And Unseen is a duo featuring Mr.Hibernate himself, Jonathan Lees and Katie English who records as Isnaj Dui and is a member of The Owl Service and Littlebow among many others. They have released one EP on Rural Colours of beguiling, tactile instrumentals as well as a split vinyl EP with Caught In The Wake Forever.

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Todmorden – Unitarian Church – NICK HENNIES + MATT WAND – Friday 13th February 2015

henniesA great double-bill featuring compelling and immersive approaches to spatial music featuring solo percussion from American composer Nick Hennies, who’ll be performing pieces by Peter Ablinger, John Cage and premiering his own work for the first time on English shores, and a solo electronic performance by British Musician Matt Wand who will be delighting with his multi miniature speaker 8-bit-ness. Expect a maximalist/minimalist nibbling at the ears.

Additional musics finely spun by one of the valleys’ finest purveyors of all things amplified‘was ist das’ sound system.
One of the few ways that a bit of Terry Riley might meet Whitehouse!

All lovingly put together under one roof at the stunning Unitarian Church.

For those coming from Manchester or Leeds who will be trainin’ it, the concert will finish in good time to get a further pint or two with us or out int’ town before last train home.

There will be a Bar serving up local ales too.

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Hebden Bridge – Fox & Goose – RAUCHWOLKEN IM HIMMEL VIERZIG – Saturday 10th January 2015


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Hebden Bridge – Inkfolk – DEAN McPHEE + LOCAL IMPROVISERS + THE ALTERED HOURS – Sunday 7th December 2014

local improvisers webWas Ist Das? is promoting again after an Autumn sabatical.

Girl Sweat have been thwarted in their attempts to play so stepping into the breech is acclaimed solo guitarist Dean McPhee. His album “Son Of Black Peace” on Blast First Petite won him rave reviews from such disparate sources as The Wire, Record Collector, Drowned In Sound, Mojo and even Pop Matters who said it was “as devastatingly beautiful as Michael Chapman’s Fully Qualified Survivor, the best of John Fahey, John Martyn, and the most meditative lines Richard Thompson has ever played”.

Local Improvisers is a new Todmorden trio consisting of Sam McLoughlin (Samandtheplants/N.Racker), Bridget Hayden (Vibracathedral Orchestra) and Jake Blanchard. Formed initially to do a live soundtrack to a screening of Nosferatu last Halloween, they’ve decided to carry on the good work and play music with the constraints of a film dictating what they do.

Last minute welcome additions to the bill are Irish shoegazer noisepop band The Altered Hours. They’ve just done a couple of EPs but have already attracted great reviews and were taken to Berlin to record for A Recordings, home of psychedelic pioneers The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dirty Beaches and Magic Castles.

Admission is just £3 and hopefully the new festive Was Ist Das? compilation tape will be ready and on sale.

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Todmorden – 3 Wise Monkeys – HELMUT LEMKE + RICHARD SCOTT + CORE OF THE COALMAN – Wednesday 19th November 2014

tor monkeys Delighted as always to be DJing for my Todmorden family. Its going to be just £3 entry in the warm, sexy basement of the 3 Wise Monkeys.

Taking part is Helmut Lemke, doing his first show in Todmorden in ten years ( There is Richard Scott And freshly arrived in West Yorkshire from Prague is American drone explorer Core of the Coalman

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Todmorden – Unitarian Church – Nosferatu – Friday 31st October 2014

Nosferatu Todmorden Our dear friends at Tor Bookings are doing something very special for Halloween. They are showing F.W.Murnau’s classic silent horror film “Nosferatu” with a live improvised experimental score by Bridge Hayden (Vibracathedral Orchestra), Sam McLoughlin (Samandtheplants) and Jake Blanchard. I’ll be doing a little DJing before and after. Its free entry, there will be food and drink available and for flip’s sake make sure you wrap up warm! Its an old church at night time and it is not going to be warm.

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